Free Teacher PD

Free Teacher PD selects the best webinars from SimpleK12's teacher professional development learning community and provides audio snippets to let you listen to audio webinars on the go. We cover every topic of interest to teachers, administrators and schools, and include topics that range from iPads and mobile learning to bullying, classroom management, and everything in between.
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Apr 30, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Going Google, An Overview of Google's iOS Apps, with Jerry Swiatek.

At this point, our Going Google presenter, Mr. Jerry Swiatek needs little introduction.  You likely just completed part 1 of this topic with Jerry, and you probably listened to him in episodes 4 and 5 on digital storytelling.

Speaking of storytelling, Jerry’s as good a storyteller as there is in the teacher professional development arena, so I’ll close my yapper and turn this baby over to Jerry.


Let’s get learning!

Apr 28, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Going Google, An Overview of Google's iOS Apps, with Jerry Swiatek.

Is your bookshelf full of old, dusty three-ring binders?

Well, get those binders off of your bookshelf and create a virtual space to store your favorite websites, documents, and videos where you can share them with your students and colleagues.

LiveBinders allows you to create virtual three-ring binders using tabs to keep your resources organized.

In this session, please join Jerry Swiatek as he discusses how to set up and maintain a LiveBinder. He will also take a look at some examples of how educators are using LiveBinders to stay organized.


Let’s get learning!

Apr 23, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Why Should You Flip Your Classroom? An Introduction, with Monica Burns.

Monica’s background is extensive.

She is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator.

In her role as a classroom teacher in general education and Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) settings, she used iPads one-to-one with her students, while aligning her instruction to the Common Core State Standards.

Monica is a regular contributor to Edutopia and appoLearning, in addition to sharing favorite apps and lesson ideas on her blog

In her current role as an independent education consultant, she works with teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible at all grade levels and she provides support to organizations looking to use technology to reach children and families in need.

Check her out at or on Twitter @ClassTechTips.


Let’s get learning!

Apr 21, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Why Should You Flip Your Classroom? An Introduction, with Monica Burns.

You've likely heard the buzz about the Flipped Classroom, but do you know what flipping your classroom really means?

Here's your chance to learn all about this exciting movement in education, and how you can use it to gain more hands-on time in class.

Join Monica Burns as she discusses the Flipped Classroom concept, how it works, why teachers are trying it, and where you can get started.


Let’s get learning!

Apr 14, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Make Google Forms Work for You, with Jayme Linton.

Dr. Jayme Linton is Assistant Professor of Education at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. Jayme developed and coordinates Lenoir-Rhyne’s graduate program in online teaching and instructional design, and successfully completed the Ph.D. program in teacher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Jayme received a bachelor’s in elementary education from Western Carolina University and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Appalachian State University.

Previously, she held positions as Instructional Technology Facilitator, Staff Development Coordinator, Instructional Coach, and elementary teacher.

She was recognized by the National School Board Association as one of the "20 to Watch" for 2012-13 and was selected for ISTE's Making IT Happen Award by NCTIES in 2013.

Jayme is co-founder of #NCed, a bi-weekly Twitter chat for North Carolina educators, and #edteach, a bi-weekly Twitter chat for pre-service teachers.

Her research and professional learning focus on preparation and support for online instructors, online and blended learning communities for educators, blended learning in K-12, personal learning networks for pre-service teachers, and professional learning for technology integration.

So, welcome back, Jayme, and more goodies on Google Forms.

Let’s get learning!

Apr 14, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Make Google Forms Work for You, by one of our most popular presenters, Jayme Linton.

You're probably familiar with Google Drive and may have used Google applications to create online documents, spreadsheets, or presentations, but have you ever used Google Forms?

Google Forms is probably one of the most useful and often underutilized Google tools.

In this episode, Jayme will teach you how to put Google Forms to work for you!

Google Forms can be used for surveys, process checks, formative assessments, contact logs, exit tickets, and a lot of other interesting things!

And, Jayme will share sample classroom and administrative forms.

Educators and administrators from all grade levels will enjoy this episode.

So, please welcome Jayme Linton as she shows you how to create, use, and share Google Forms.


Let’s get learning!

Apr 14, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Foster Creativity and Innovation with Digital Storytelling  and our presenter, Jerry Swiatek.

Let me take a moment to tell you a tad more about this talented presenter.

Jerry is a Google Certified Teacher, as well as a Google Apps Certified Administrator.

He is a also a District Technology Specialist for the Citrus County School District in Citrus County, FL, where he works with teachers and students helping them to integrate technology into their classrooms.

He has spent time in the classroom as well, teaching World Geography to high school freshmen.

Jerry is the founder and organizer of EdCamp Citrus, an education unconference designed to bring educators together to discuss education issues and technology that works.

He is also very involved in the #edchat movement on Twitter.

Each week, Jerry archives each of the #edchat discussions, making them available to educators all over the world. He often presents at educational technology conferences across the nation.

Jerry has an Associate's Degree in Computer Network Systems and a Bachelor's Degree in Information System Security, and he has been in education for over 10 years.

He lives in Inverness, FL with his wife, two children, a dog, and a snake. 

So, let’s welcome back Jerry Swiatek and Part 2 of Foster Creativity and Innovation with Digital Storytelling


Let’s get learning!

Apr 14, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD.

Today we will feature teacher-trainer extraordinaire, Mr. Jerry Swiatek and his topic:

Part 1 of Foster Creativity and Innovation with Digital Storytelling.

As educators, most of us recognize the importance of helping students develop their creative and innovative abilities.

One really fun, interesting, and useful way to do this is with digital storytelling, where students use digital tools to create and share their own stories.

In this episode, we'll discuss specifically how digital storytelling can be used in the classroom.

Digital storytelling provides an excellent way for students to tell who they are, share their experiences, and reflect on what they've learned.

Jerry will also share some of the many web tools available to help make digital storytelling a breeze.

Kids love to be creative and share stories about themselves...

Digital storytelling is the perfect way to let them do it!


Let’s get learning!

Apr 14, 2015

Welcome to Part 2 of Survival Tips for Teaching with Technology.

If you listened to Part 1, you’ll know that Shelly Terrell is our speaker today on this topic.

But, what you maybe don’t know is how incredibly talented and multi-faceted Shelly is.

So, let me take just a moment to tell you.

Shelly Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, and author.

She has been recognized by various notable entities, such as the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education, as a leader and visionary for teacher-driven professional development, education technology, elearning, and mobile learning . 

She is the co-founder of the #Edchat movement, the Reform Symposium Global E-Conference, and The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators.

Shelly has trained teachers and taught learners in over 100 countries and has consulted with organizations such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in South East Asia, and more. 

Shelly hosts American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and shares regularly via, Twitter @ShellTerrell, Facebook, and Google+. She is also the author of Learning To Go, Byte-sized Potential, and The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators published by Routledge.

I want to welcome back Shelly Terrell with Part 2:  SURVIAL TIPS FOR TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOY

Let’s get learning!


Apr 13, 2015

Welcome to our first “real episode” of Free Teacher PD.

I’m Michael Werner, and it’s an honor to be your host for what we hope will become a go-to podcast for you.

And, what better way to kick off this new podcast series than with one SimpleK12’s Teacher Learning Community’s most favorite presenters, Shelly Terrell.

I’ll tell you more about Shelly in Part 2 of this topic.

Today we’re going to present Part 1 of a great webinar audio from SURVIVAL TIPS FOR TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY.

Many of today's learners have daily access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) that push their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to new heights.

The KEY QUESTIONS that this episode will answer are:

How do we best support learning with ICTs so that students stay on track and aren't navigating alone?


How do we use technology in a way that promotes creativity and critical thinking skills?


Please join me now in welcoming Shelly Terrell as she shares tips for managing a classroom full of technology and suggests ways that teachers can effectively integrate technology to support higher order thinking skills.

Let’s get learning!

Apr 7, 2015


Michael Werner here.

I’m the CEO at, the home of the Teacher Learning Community.

Over the last 30 years, we’ve been helping teachers learn and explore the intersection of technology and the classroom.

In recent years, much of this learning has taken place inside the Teacher Learning Community.

One of the most frequent requests we’ve had in the last year is for other ways to access the great content that our presenters share in the over 600 live webinars we produce each year.

Of course, inside the Community, we offer our members complete access to archived webinar recordings that they can view on their own, any time and anywhere they like…

It’s what we like to call: Professional Development in Your PJs.

That’s why, if you’ve been around SimpleK12 at all, you’ll notice the bunny slippers as part of our logo and in other things we do.

Actually, getting a pair of real baby blue bunny slippers from SimpleK12 is something that some of our Community members go to great lengths to obtain.

But, what if you’re not at a PC or able to view a live webinar on a mobile device, such as when you’re driving, or when you’re working in your garden or kitchen perhaps?

That’s what led us to this new podcast.

In each episode in this series, we’ve extracted the audio from a webinar recording and placed it into the podcast.

Now, you might ask yourself, can the audio alone, that was extracted from a presentation that included visual or video components, be useful?

Well, and this may surprise you… after several tests with dozens of different webinars, we concluded that “well, yes, it does translate quite well.”

Yes, there is the occasional point, in one webinar or another, when you might have a question while listening without aid of the full webinar itself or other visual reference.

But, those times are rare.

Yes, if that does become an issue, on the FreeTeacherPD website that accompanies this podcast, we provide a link to the full recording of the webinar inside the

d our most popular webinar sessions to provide you with teacher professional development on the go.

So, slip on those bunny slippers and get ready for some Professional Development in Your PJs.

Let’s get learning!